Today at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) it is hard not to go anywhere without seeing the impact of manufacturing innovation. We were amazed to learn more about NAM member Corning and how their products have revolutionized the tech industry.

Corning Incorporated is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. This innovation going back to the 1800’s was on full display here in Las Vegas.

For example, if you are reading this blog post on your mobile device, the odds are you are viewing it through Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Gorilla Glass is the standard for protective cover glass performance and can be found on more than 33 brands, 900 models, and 1 billion of the world’s coolest smartphones, tablets and PCs.

As cool as Gorilla Glass is what’s even cooler for the U.S. manufacturing economy is that it is designed and produced in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and other Corning facilities, from which it is then exported all around the world. It is a true U.S. manufacturing success story – driven by Corning’s strategic innovation – that capitalized on the technology boom around the world. Even in the economic downturn, Corning’s plant in Kentucky and its 400 workers were busy supplying their global customers.

Another part of the Gorilla Glass story is that Corning made another strategic decision to keep their research, development and the resulting intellectual property (IP) here in the United States. IP is what separates Corning from its competitors around the world and they need to ensure they operate in a system which protects it.

This year on Capitol Hill the issue of intellectual property and how to strengthen the system that protects it is likely to be a hot topic. The NAM will continue to be the voice of manufacturers so that products like Gorilla Glass continue to be developed in the U.S. – and create jobs here.

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